Democratic Party of Sacramento County

The Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) is one of the most dynamic and active county Democratic Party Central Committees in the state of California. We stand at the forefront when it comes to Democratic campaign, election, and voter registration activities in the Capitol Region. Our effectiveness comes directly from the involvement and support of members just like you.

DPSC Endorsements for June 7, 2016 Primary Election

Endorsements as of April 14, 2016. 

Local Endorsements

City of Sacramento

Mayor – Darrell Steinberg

District 2 – Greg Jefferson

District 4 – Steve Hansen*

District 6 – Eric Guerra*

District 8 – Larry Carr*

County of Sacramento

District 3 – Shaun Dillon

District 4 – No Endorsement

Sacramento County Board of Education

Area 6 – Orlando Fuentes

Area 7 – Harold Fong*

Twin Rivers Unified School District

Area 3 – Walter Kawamoto*

Area 5 – Basim Elkarra

Area 7 – Francisco Garcia

Local Ballot Measures

City of Sacramento

Measure X – Vote YES
This measure will renew an existing citywide parcel tax for libraries for a period 10 years. The City has 12 libraries that rely on this parcel tax for a third of their funding. Measure X will require yearly independent audits to ensure that all money is spent exclusively on our libraries.

Measure Y – Vote NO
This measure would impose a 5% tax on marijuana cultivation. The revenue raised from this measure would be directed to a special fund for limited purposes and could not be diverted for use to support other vital general city services such as parks, pools and community center, libraries, or crime prevention.

Measure Z – Vote YES
This measure will amend the City Charter to move the time at which elected officials assume office to after the deadline to count all votes. Currently the term of office begins before all votes are counted, at times resulting in inconsistent terms of office since an election winner might not be determined until all votes are counted.

State Endorsements

U.S. Senate

Kamala Harris

U.S. House of Representatives

District 3 – John Garamendi*

District 6 – Doris Matsui*

District 7 – Ami Bera*

District 9 – Jerry McNerney*

State Senate

District 1 – TBD

District 3 – No Endorsement**

District 5 – Cathleen Galgiani*

State Assembly

District 6 – Brian Caples

District 7 – Kevin McCarty*

District 8 – Ken Cooley*

District 9 – Jim Cooper*

District 11 – Jim Frazier*

State Propositions

Proposition 50 — Vote YES
This measure will allow the Legislature to have a suspended legislator’s salary and benefits forfeited during the time of the suspension. Current law allows suspended legislators to continue to receive salary and benefits.


**Two Democratic candidates are running: Mariko Yamada and Bill Dodd.

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2015 Tower Bridge Awards


Join the Democratic Party of Sacramento County for the 2015 Tower Bridge Awards, Monday, October 5, 5:30-7:30 pm, at Mayahuel Restaurant, 1200 K Street in Sacramento.

At the Tower Bridge Awards, the DPSC honors grassroots volunteers and organizations working tirelessly to make Sacramento County a better place. Join us for dinner, guest speakers, and mingle with elected officials and others who support the Democratic Party of Sacramento County.

For more information, contact Katie Kerner at katie@kmkstrategies.com or (916) 292-2457. You can also download a payment form. Completed forms can be mailed to 1033 S Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95811; emailed to katie@kmkstrategies.com or FAXed to (916) 739-6002.

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Join Ann O’Leary Senior Policy Advisor in Support of Hillary for America!

Hillary for America 9.26.2015

Please join us on September 26, 2015 at the home of Claire Lipshultz and Sage Sweetwood. The address will be provided upon receiving your RSVP.
RSVP to ofuentes@hillaryclinton.com or (915) 217-8009

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2015 Tower Bridge Awards – Save the Date 10.5.2015

Democratic Party of Sacramento Tower Bridge Awards

The Democratic Party of Sacramento County Presents the 2015 Tower Bridge Awards… with Special Mystery Guests!!

Mayahuel ~ Coa Room, 1200 K Street, Sacramento,CA 95814

Questions: Katie Kerner, 916.292.2457 or Katie@kmstrategies.com

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March to 2016 Event with Toni G. Atkins


You’re invited to a reception hosted by the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, with Special Guest and Tower of Courage Awardee Toni G. Atkins, California Speaker of the Assembly. All proceeds benefit the efforts of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County in the upcoming election cycle.

Get your tickets now by visiting March to 2016 event page!

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Save the Date!


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Chai Ki Chuski Victory Party

Please join
Pratibha Shalini, Dr. Bhavin Parikh, Bobbie Singh-Allen, EGUSD Boardmember and the local Indo-American Community
for the
Chai Ki Chuski Victory Party
in honor of
Congressman Ami Bera, MD (CA-07)
Committee on Foreign Affairs | Committee on Science, Space & Technology
Saturday, December 13th, 2014 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The home of Dr. Janak and Nalini Mehtani
2300 California Ave
Carmichael, CA 95608

After narrowly beating our opponent in the most closely watched and expensive Congressional race in the country, we hope you will join us to celebrate our victory!

Light refreshments and live entertainment provided.

Please to Daniel Iritani at Daniel@BeraForCongress.com or (916) 287-1232.
Questions? Contact Pratibha Shalini at 916-220-8407 or Dr. Bhavin Parikh at 916-813-8413.

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November 4, 2014 General Election

Endorsements as of September 11, 2014. 


Local Endorsements:

City Offices

Elk Grove City Council

District 4 – Nancy Chaires

Sacramento City Council

District 3 – Jeff Harris

District 8 – Neutral

School Districts

Elk Grove Unified School District

Area 2 – James Letoa

Los Rios Community College District

Area 1 – Dustin Johnson

Area 6 – Deborah Ortiz

Natomas Unified School District

At-Large – Teri Burns

At-Large – Sachiko Konatsu

Sacramento City Unified School District

Area 1 – Anna Molander

Area 2 – Ellen Cochrane

Area 7 – Linda Tuttle

San Juan Unified School District

At-Large – Paula Villescaz

At-Large – Mike McKibbin

Special Districts

American River Flood Control District

Director – Earl Lagomarsino

Cosumnes Community Services District

Director – Orlando Fuentes

Florin Resource Conservation District

Director – Davies Ononiwu

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Ward 3 – Mario Guerrero

Ward 4 – Genevieve Shiroma

Ward 5 – Rob Kerth

Ward 6 – Dave Tamayo

Ward 7 – Bill Slaton

Sacramento Suburban Water District

Division 3 – Kazman Zaidi

Local Ballot Measures

Measure G – YES

  • Folsom Cordova Unified School District – Folsom’s schools are in need of repairs and new technology. Voting “Yes” on Measure G would authorize $195 million in bond money to fix school facilities and modernize technology in Folsom classrooms.

Measure H – YES

  • City of Rancho Cordova – Rancho Cordova residents are asking for more and better services from their city. Measure H would raise the city sales tax by only 1/2 cent to meet residents needs. A track-record of balanced city budgets and citizen oversight should compel all Rancho Cordovans to vote “Yes” on Measure H.

Measure J – YES

  • Natomas Unified School District – Natomas schools are in need of repairs. Measure J would authorize $129 million in bond money to fix Natomas neediest school facilities. Vote “Yes” on Measure J.

Measure L – NO

  • City of Sacramento – Stop the power grab! Measure L gives the mayor and the well-connected too much power and reduces accountability. Vote “L” No!


California Democratic Party Endorsements:

State Constitutional Offices

Governor – Jerry Brown

Lieutenant Governor – Gavin Newsom

Secretary of State – Alex Padilla

Attorney General – Kamala Harris

Controller – Betty Yee

Treasurer – John Chiang

Insurance Commissioner – Dave Jones

Superintendent of Public Instruction – Tom Torlakson

Board of Equalization, District 1 – Chris Parker


US House of Representatives

District 3 – John Garamendi

District 6 – Doris Matsui

District 7 – Ami Bera

District 9 – Jerry McNerney


State Senate

District 4 – CJ Jawahar

District 6 – Roger Dickinson

District 8 – Paulina Miranda


State Assembly

District 6 – Brian Caples

District 7 – Kevin McCarty

District 8 – Ken Cooley

District 9 – Jim Cooper

District 11 – Jim Frazier


State Propositions

Proposition 1 — YES

  • Statewide water bond

Proposition 2 — YES

  • Increases state rainy day fund

Proposition 45 — YES

  • Requires health insurers to justify rate hike increases

Proposition 46 — Neutral

  • Raises medical malpractice cap and requires drug testing of doctors

Proposition 47 — YES

  • Reclassifies certain non-violent non-serious crimes as misdemeanors

Proposition 48 — YES

  • Approves two Indian gaming compacts
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Chair of Democratic Party of Sacramento County Releases Statement on Death of Grantland Johnson, Calls the Former Councilperson, County Supervisor a ‘Great Leader in Sacramento and in Democratic Politics’

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Contact: Kerri Asbury, DPSC Chair, 916-607-8241

Sacramento, Calif. – The chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC), speaking on behalf of the Democratic Party Central Committee, released this statement Tuesday concerning the death of former Sacramento City Councilman, member of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and state and federal health official Grantland Johnson, who died Tuesday at age 65.

DPSC Chair Kerri Asbury said:

“Today we are saddened to learn of the passing of a great leader in Sacramento and in Democratic politics, Grantland Johnson. When I first joined the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, Grantland was there telling stories and relating political history for Sacramento. I wish I could have spent more time with him learning, and documenting his stories of Sacramento lore.

“Grantland helped develop the city and county from the late ’70s to the early ’90s, and always seemed to maintain a good handle on the needs and development of both. Grantland will not be forgotten by me, our party or Sacramento. Our sincerest condolences to his family.”

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Change for Change

dpsc_140pDemocratic Party of Sacramento County presents “Change for Change,” a monthly donor competition now through September 11, 2014.

The rules are simple: You can be the winner of a generous gift card to Ella Dining Room & Bar or Mulvaney’s B&L by signing-up between July 10 and September 11, 2014 to be the largest 2014 DPSC monthly donor of the contest period (minimum $10 per month for 12 months), or by signing-up to be a 2014 DPSC monthly donor and recruiting others between July 10 and September 11, 2014 to also be DPSC monthly donors (minimum $10 per month for 12 months); you’ll get credit for their donations and your own toward the total for the competition!

Simply download and fill out our Monthly Donor Pledge form and return it to the DPSC office at 1033 S Street, Suite 200, Sacramento by September 11, 2014. It is possible to donate directly through Act Blue to participate in the competition, but for cumulative donations through Act Blue, please contact Fundraising Chair Mike Whiteside at (916) 802-3072. The person who either individually donates or recruits others to cumulatively donate the largest monthly donation wins. In the case of a tie, the person who reaches the tying donation amount first wins. The winner will be announced September 11, 2014 at the monthly DPSC meeting. Please contact Mike Whiteside for more information.

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